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Soul of the Ozarks | 2022-11a


A set of 5 handmade watercolor pigments, sourced from rocks foraged at Wild Ozark in Madison county, AR. Each pan is 26mm, removable & the tin is re-usable.

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All sourced from rocks foraged here at Wild Ozark in Madison county, Arkansas. Each pan is 26mm and removable. The tins is re-usable. All are easy to wet. With the exception of the white, they’re all rich, saturated colors.



The ingredients in this paint:

  • rock powder (wild foraged here at Wild Ozark)
  • Wild Ozark spring water
  • gum Arabic
  • honey
  • essential oil of clove (to help prevent mold)


Earth pigments are generally considered to be the most durable and permanent of pigments. These are all made from sand stones found locally here in Madison county, Arkansas. The colors of our pigments are from various combinations of iron and manganese oxides. Whenever I use a source such as shale, it is always a washed pigment because washing removes any sulfur compounds that can cause odor and color changes.

Pigment Sources


Black Sandstone

This is a mystery rock. I’m not exactly sure what it is, possibly bitumen or magnetite. Whole pigment yields a nice brown, but washed pigment offers a nice black from the lites and brown from the heavies.

Red Sandstone

2022-11a features two pans of color from the same stone. One is a double washed paint made from the lites of a red sandstone. The second is the same color with lites from Ancient White added.

Ancient White

The white in 2022-11a is made from the washed pigment of an unusually clean white limestone that I found in the creek. It’s hard to get a white as white as this one is from our native limestone, because most of the time it is stained with iron. This is the whitest white I’ve ever made from foraged limestone, and I’m not certain I’ll ever find more of it so pristine.

Yellow Sandstone

2022-11a contains a pan of paint made from a yellow sandstone, from the whole, unwashed pigment. The color is very rich, somewhat textured, and easy to wet.

About Ozark Pigments and Foraged Paints

A Note about Color Reproducibility & Transparency

All of my colors are made from natural foraged rocks, clay, or other resources. While I may be able to come close to reproducing the color later, it’s very unlikely I’ll get an exact match. There’s enough pigment in each of these pans to paint several paintings in the style I produce. A little bit does seem to go a long ways. But if you want to make sure you’ll have more of the exact same shade, inquire to see if there is more from this same batch. It may not be in the same form, but should at least be the same color.


Watercolor paints made from earth pigments are not as transparent as those you might be used to. All of them are more similar to gouache than not. The ones I’ve labeled ‘gouache’ are more opaque than the pigments alone. The ones labeled ‘thin’ are more transparent.

Examples of Paintings Using This Paint

You can see the paintings I’ve made using these paints (not this identical set, but with paints made from the same sorts of rocks) at www.madisonwoods.art if you’d like to get an idea of how they look.

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 1 in

Wild Ozark, Paleo Paints


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